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Unfair clause in the lease

Posted by Raj Sannala on June 11, 1997 at 15:39:07:

Dear Sir/Madam:

I have signed a lease agreement July 1, 1996 for my apartment for an
year. I was going to vacate by the end of this month which would be the
end of my lease. All of a sudden I got a notice from my landlord
June 10, 1997 saying that I need to vacate on the 30th of June, and I am
responsible for the next two months rent at the market value which is
100 dollars more than what I am paying them right now per month.

I felt this is outrageous and looked back in to the lease papers.
Unfortunately, the lease says in FINE PRINT that I have to give them a
60 day notice before the expiration date about my intention to vacate.
To me this is totally ridiculous.

--If my lease expires and I do not intend to continue, I will have to
leave and I would like to vacate. But why should I be responsible for
two months rent after my lease expiration.
--Why should I be giving them a 60 day advance notice to vacate if I am
not breaking the lease. My lease is going to expire and thats about it,
it will expire and I will have to leave, which is fine with me.

When I went and talked to them they said the 60 day notice is from the
beginning of the month. That means, lets say I had gone to them and
given them a notice on May 3, 1997, they would post date that to June 1,
1997 and consider that as a 30 day notice, because I have not given them
the notice on the first of the month. This is outrageous! They are not
even going to pro-rate or anything.

I have asked them if I could extend my lease and go on a month to month
lease and consider that I my notice to vacate is effective today (june
11, 1997). They said, I could go on a month to month at 90 dollars more
than what I am paying right now, and even for that they need 60 day
advance notice to vacate, and ofcourse from the beginning of the month.
So this means that if I decide to stay for the month of july, I will
still have to pay July and August rent.

This whole thing is totally ridiculous to me. I do not understand the
difference between breaking a lease and expiration. I am not breaking
any lease here, then why am I being asked to pay penalty?

Can someone please help. Can someone give some advise. I desperately
need some assistance. This whole thing is very, very unfair. I would
really appreciate if someone can give me some advise. All I want is to
vacate at the end of this month, which is when my lease expires, and not
pay a penny. I am just asking for some fairness. Someone please help. I
will really appreciate it.

I can be contacted at (513) 779-4762 and my name is Raj. My email
address is

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